Cambodia to delay school opening till year’s end

Cambodia’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport will delay school openings and high school graduation examinations until the end of the year to prevent a second wave of COVID-19.

Minister of Education, Youth and Sport Hang Chuon Naron said schools will be reopened if they can adhere to high standards or COVID-19 prevention and control.

Speaking at a press conference for the construction of the “Centre for Digital and Distance Education” at Preah Sisowath High School, the minister said although the government moves to offer digital learning services, about half of Cambodia’s 3 million students still cannot fully access online lessons.

He said the government’s stance is to maintain vigilance as it doesn’t want the pandemic to spread again in Cambodia, adding that if COVID-19 spreads in Cambodia, the country will be set back 10 to 20 years.

Schools in the country have been closed since early March when the first case of COVID-19 was detected.

Cambodia has reported 130 COVID-19 cases so far, with two being treated in hospitals.

Parents who have children in several international schools have been staging protests over fees for the new academic year as well as repeated registration fees for children who have been at the same school for almost 10 years.

“If my daughter is a new entrant to the school, I can understand the registration fee. But not a repeated registration fee every year at the end of each academic year. This is daylight robbery. The amount maybe negligible at $250 per year but multiple it by 10 years and it is a significant amount,” a parent who staged a protest at CIA Academy said recently.

reference from Khmer Times

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